By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2011
School reforms in Baltimore City and Baltimore County stand to gain significant financial support under a historic $8 million endowment given the Baltimore Community Foundation that will double its resources to support education projects. The organization plans to announce Friday the establishment of the Mary Ellen Ruff Brush Fund for Education, created by the donation from the female real estate pioneer whose company developed and operated the 465-unit Broadview Apartments at University Parkway and 39th Street near the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, as well as apartment homes in Towson and Broadview.
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Maryland joins at least a dozen other states Tuesday in banning the sale of 190-proof grain alcohol, a measure that lawmakers hope will help to reduce sexual assaults and binge drinking among college students. The bill is one of more than 200 that go into effect Tuesday; other bills expand the earned income tax credit for low-income residents and exempt more wealthy Marylanders from the estate tax, overhaul Baltimore City liquor board practices and establish incentives to encourage investment in research universities.
By Jeff Jacoby | August 9, 1995
TESTIFYING BEFORE Congress last February, a few months before the tragic riding accident that left him paralyzed, Christopher Reeve told members of a Senate committee that their obligation to the National Endowment for the Arts is to hand over the cash and ask no questions."
By David H. Rothman | February 1, 2014
Andrew Carnegie was a social Darwinian. He wanted to give the fittest the tools to rise to the top. Public libraries - as spreaders of skills, knowledge and culture - advanced his goal. Often hailed as Carnegie II, Bill Gates is if nothing else a champion of standardized testing and other forms of meritocracy. So here's a not-so-modest proposal for one of planet Earth's richest people, now worth around $78.5 billion. Update Carnegie's vision. Work toward a national digital library endowment, which, as I'll show, could boost K-12 test scores.
By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer | January 29, 1994
The Johns Hopkins Institutions are planning a campaign to raise between $750 million and $1 billion to bolster their endowment and pay for ambitious building plans at their East Baltimore medical complex.Although the campaign is not yet formally under way, Hopkins has been planning strategy, identifying needs at the university and health system, and soliciting large gifts for at least two years.When it is firmly established,the campaign's goal will exceed $750 million, perhaps reaching $1 billion, placing it well beyond the $644 million raised in the Hopkins campaign that ended in 1990, according to Robert J. Haley, Hopkins' vice president for development and alumni relations.
By Edward Gunts | March 24, 1991
After months of fund raising through its "Buy-A-Brick" campaign, the non-profit Baltimore Harbor Endowment will begin work April 15 on the first section of the waterfront brick promenade that it plans to build from Canton to Key Highway.A section of the waterfront near the Belt's Landing condominium complex in Fells Point has been selected for paving with more than 2,000 bricks purchased by individuals, families and companies in support of the group's 3-year campaign.The effort calls for 100,000 bricks, engraved with individual or corporate names, to be sold for the tax-deductible rate of $50 a piece and installed in designated segments of the waterfront.
By Susan Jane Gilman | April 30, 1992
IN THE CLAMOR over financing for the arts one group has been overlooked as an economic resource: artists.While the majority of writers, actors, painters, musicians and dancers in this country are unable to make a living at their craft, a small but powerful minority are earning vast sums.By establishing an alternative endowment to the arts, these artists could create a source of financing that would be immune to political agendas and public opinion.According to Forbes magazine in September, some American artists did quite well in 1990 and 1991.
By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Staff Writer | April 30, 1993
Naval Academy professor Samuel P. Massie may hav laughed and joked with the friends who came to honor him last night. But earlier in the day, he was apologizing for being "tense.""The event," he explained, "has really touched me. I'm kind of full."It was the first awards banquet for the Samuel P. Massie Educational Endowment, Inc., at Dahlgren Hall.The endowment, named for the first black professor at the Naval Academy is to provide scholarships to women, minorities and economically disadvantaged Anne Arundel County students studying math, science, engineering or health care in Maryland schools.
By GARRY WILLS | December 16, 1992
Already the election of Bill Clinton is clearing the national air -- Lynne Cheney has resigned. As the head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ms. Cheney sponsored anti-intellectualism in the name of intellectual standards and political repression in the name of depoliticizing education.A measure of the Cheney mind was given in a recent issue of the endowment's magazine, Humanities, where Ms. Cheney interviewed this year's Jefferson Lecturer, the eminent classicist Bernard Knox.
By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 1, 1990
SALISBURY -- When poultry magnate Frank R. Perdue was approached by Salisbury State University some years back and offered an honorary degree, he said he would have to think about it because he didn't lend his name to just anything.Today his name is about to be emblazoned in big letters on the business school he endowed. And anyone who says that money can't buy happiness has not been to Salisbury lately.Here in the land of pleasant living, as Eastern Shore residents like to call their part of the world, local residents have poured millions of dollars into the public university, and smiles abound as the once-endangered school's endowment and reputation soar.
October 15, 2013
Regarding your editorial on Maryland's historically black colleges and universities, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake's recent ruling on the issue is an opportunity for the state to help its HBCUs garner the resources they need to succeed ( "Maryland HBCU case: A ruling without remedies," Oct. 13). The larger question is, how can the state remedy this situation without burdening Maryland taxpayers? Building larger endowments at HBCUs is the only sustainable strategy to reduce dependency on state appropriations.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
Mildred A. "Mitzi" Blumenthal, a former substitute teacher and philanthropist, died Monday from anemia at Sunrise of Pikesville, an assisted-living facility. She was 96. The former Mildred Alexander was born in Baltimore and raised on Loyola Southway in Lower Park Heights. She was a 1933 graduate of Western High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 from Goucher College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She worked as a forensic chemist for the federal government during World War II and for many years as a substitute teacher.
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
McDaniel College announced Monday that a $6.7 million bequest will be used to establish an endowment for scholarships, the largest in its history. The funds come from the estate of Philip Henry Dorsey, who was part of a class of 18 earning a bachelor's degree from the Westminster school in 1891. After graduation, Dorsey went home to St. Mary's County, where he managed farmland and bought and sold crops. When he died in 1945, his will established a trust fund for his descendants to attend McDaniel, then known as Western Maryland College.
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
As President Fred Lazarus IV expanded the Maryland Institute College of Art over the past 35 years and helped turn it into one of the nation's leading arts colleges, supporters say, he has also focused on Baltimore - to the betterment of his college and his city. Lazarus, 71, announced Monday that he would retire in May 2014. Upon hearing the news, the city's cultural and civic leaders praised his foresight, saying he realized early on that improving life both in Baltimore and at the 187-year-old school went hand-in-hand.
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
Lanham-based veterans group Amvets has been awarded a $250,000 grant to bring veterans' job services to 20 new markets around the country. The grant comes from the Call of Duty Endowment, which provides grants to groups that find jobs for veterans. Amvets expects to open career centers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, California, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee. The unemployment rate for veterans improved overall in 2012 to 7 percent, according to a U.S. Labor Department annual report released Wednesday.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Haron "Hal" Dahan, a successful self-made immigrant home builder whose philanthropic interests included educational institutions in Baltimore and Israel, died Monday from heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 87. "Haron was a giant. He was not just a philanthropist but he was also a decent man and friend. He was the most decent man I've ever met and the nicest guy in the world. He's major league," said Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation, a longtime friend. "I never heard one bad word about him from either his personal or business life," he said.
By Don Markus | March 30, 1993
Walt Williams often has demonstrated his loyalty to the University of Maryland. When the NCAA placed the Terrapins on probation after his sophomore year, Williams chose to finish his career in College Park even though it meant not playing in a postseason tournament.Williams, who became an All-American as a senior and was the No. 1 draft pick of the Sacramento Kings, has extended that loyalty with plans for a $125,000 endowment to the university.According to Len Elmore, Williams' attorney, the endowment will be placed in the school's general fund and directed for minority students.
Starting in September, the National Endowment for the Arts will be spreading Shakespeare around the United States in Falstaffian doses. The Shakespeare in American Communities project, to be officially unveiled tomorrow (the 439th anniversary of Shakespeare's presumed birthday) will bring professional-quality performances of some of his fundamental works, accompanied by educational programs, to some 100 small and mid-size American cities in all 50 states. "Not only is this the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history," Dana Gioia, the chairman of the endowment, said in an interview yesterday, "but it is certainly the most complex program the NEA has ever executed."
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
It is doubtful in all of the hullabaloo and hype leading up to Super Bowl XLVII that the name of one non-football-playing Baltimorean will be mentioned: John McDonogh, the philanthropist, who left an indelible mark not only on his native city but also in New Orleans for his endowment of public schools for poor children. A reader, Bill Rowe, who graduated from McDonogh School in 1970, recently brought to my attention McDonogh's philanthropic endeavors, which probably outside of the McDonogh community have largely been forgotten.
Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2012
Three Pennsylvania institutions and a California organization have received National Institutes of Health funding approval for a computational modeling initiative. The Bethesda-based organization will contribute $9.3 million to a team comprising the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Pittsburgh, CMU staff announced this week . The initiative will establish a center for biotechnology research focused on filling in the gaps between molecular, cellular and tissue-level modeling tools, with the results applied toward better understanding of neurotransmitters, according to CMU materials.
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